CFP for panel at 2017 ASECS National Conference, March 30-April 2, Minneapolis
Africa and the World: Literature, Politics, and Global Geographies
The theme chosen for the 2017 conference at Yale seeks to engage with and interrogate recent shifts in critical and theoretical frameworks from regional, national, and “postcolonial” models towards “world literature” as a framework for understanding the literatures of the Global South. How useful is the category of world literature in our ongoing contestation of Eurocentrism in the interpretation of African literatures and cultures? What possibilities are offered by African literatures and cultures for (re)imagining the world, including the “world” posited by recent theorizations?
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting, Universiteit Utrecht, July 6-9, 2017
Theorizing Reading and Activism in Environmental Literature
This seminar will explore how theories of reading and reception—important to recent work in critical race studies, cognitive narratology, and new formalism—can inform ecocriticism. Building on the large body of scholarship attending to problems of reading, reception, race, and ethnicity, the seminar in particular invites papers on literatures of environmental justice or postcolonial environmentalism.
Book Reviews & Production Reviews
Deadline: September 26, 2016
Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance is Black theatre’s only online and open access referred scholarly journal. This journal is the official publication of the Black Theatre Network. Continuum is committed to advancing the very best in scholarship through the dissemination of knowledge on the theory, practice and praxis of Black Theatre.
By recruiting minority writers and teaching them to "write what you know" and "find your voice," MFA programs have generated landmark works of fiction that perform and celebrate marginalized racial and ethnic identities. However, critics argue that the institution of Creative Writing and its aesthetic values are culturally specific and may fetishize racial and ethnic difference for white audiences. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words about authors or texts that exemplify the intersection of—or friction between—MFA aesthetics and race/ethnicity.
This panel will be part of the 48th annual convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association in Baltimore, MD (March 23-26 2017).
Now in its ninth year, the AUM Southern Studies Conference invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern literature. The conference will be held 10-11 February 2017. Topics may include but are not limited to:
I am soliciting co-panelists for a proposed MELUS session on writing by and about incarceration. I originally envisioned this panel as a session about prison writing, but I am open to including papers that discuss other forms of imprisonment, including captivity or slave narratives.
Issue 4.1: Black Lives Matter
albeit, an innovative, MLA-indexed online journal of scholarship and pedagogy, invites scholarly book reviews exploring the theme of "Black Lives Matter." We are interested in reviews addressing fiction, nonfiction, visual, or digital texts that explore this topic. Examples include but are not limited to: Men We Reaped (Jesmyn Ward); Welcome to Braggsville (T. Geronimo Johnson); “Black Panther” (Ta-Nehisi Coates); Lemonade (Beyonce).
Please email completed reviews to email@example.com by December 15.
Frank Yerby, over the course of his literary career, published thirty-three books. Throughout his lifetime, he sold millions of copies of those books becoming a millionaire in the process. Even with these successes, Yerby remains a footnote in the histories of American literature. As such, we seek to organize a panel for the 2017 College Language Association in Columbia, Missouri, on Frank Yerby’s work and life.
From David Simon’s Homicide, The Corner, and The Wire to the novels of George Pelecanos, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s books and blog, and Jelani Cobb’s journalistic histories of the city, Baltimore has become a focus of cultural and scholarly engagements with issues of race, class, community, justice, and identity in contemporary America. In this roundtable, we’ll consider these and other voices and texts, using their works and Baltimore itself to help us discuss and analyze the place and role of artistic, journalistic, and public scholarly engagements with 21st-century America.